Not a fan of baking the lammas bread from scratch? There are still lots of creative ways to honor the holiday in your kitchen.
Lammas traditionally celebrates the grain harvest. Any bread-based meal captures this spirit nicely.
This year, my favorite idea is blackberry bruschetta.
It’s pretty simple.
Start with a nice, crusty loaf of french bread.
I like to get my french bread from a local bakery or the farmer’s market.
While you’re at the farmer’s market, pick up some big, juicy blackberries (or, even better, find a “pick your own” farm and gather them yourself!)
Because it ripens on the vine pretty close to Lammas in many growing regions in North America, blackberries associate with the holiday quite naturally.
More generally, use them in kitchen spells for prosperity and abundance—-the many tiny seeds on berries symbolize future growth.
I smashed one berry per slice a bread and rubbed it on the surface to go under the cheese, kind of like the same concept as pizza sauce. I enjoyed getting my hands sticky and making a mess like a little kid lol.
(Be warned: you will stain everything you touch. But for this reason, blackberries make a nice natural dye.)
You might not imagine blackberries work well in savory dishes, but the acidity blends nicely with Italian cheeses and herbs. Lucky for me, this time of year, my garden bursts with lush green, fresh herbs, so went out to grab some.
(Even the oppressive humidity in the part of the country comes with an upside—-gorgeous summer herbs!).
In particular, my basil came up nice this year.
Basil embodies some interesting symbolism in folklore around the world, but I especially adore Italy’s antiquitous custom of leaving a pot of fresh basil on the windowsill to signify the occupant’s “openness to romance.”
Dried basil often finds its way into traditional Lammas incense blends and makes a nice stand-in for fresh flowers on the altar. If you buy it at the market, put the left over stalks in the vase to fill the room with its fragrant, sunny aura.
I layered fresh graded cheese and garnished with a half blackberry per slice, popped it in the oven to broil lightly, and then finished it off with the basil leaves.
Hope this gives you some inspiration for your own Lammas kitchen witch creations!